Whale sightings at the Jersey Shore increasing

Whale sightings at the Jersey Shore are increasing because of an abundance of

Whale sightings at the Jersey Shore are increasing because of an abundance of "bait" fish. (12/14/15)

JERSEY SHORE - Visitors to the Jersey Shore may be seeing more whales in the area than they are used to.

Experts say that it is common for this time of year to see whales along the coast, because they are migrating from the Northeast to the warmer waters in the Caribbean. However, they say the amount of whales spotted seems to be unusual.

According to Bob Schoelkopf, the director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, the whales are going after an abundance of so-called “bait” fish.

"One of the largest fisheries did not come to New Jersey this year to catch bait fish,” he says. “This drove up the population.  It's why we're seeing so many stripers [fish] too.”

The whale sightings are expected to continue for about two more weeks.

Federal law states that boaters are required to stay at least 200 feet away from whales or face a hefty fine.

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